Marlins owner says dismantling of team was needed

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MIAMI (AP) - Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has begun a public-relations campaign and is trying to put a positive spin on his widely mocked offseason decisions.

After a dismal first season in the Marlins' new home, Loria said Monday, the latest dismantling of the roster was the right move because the team was heading in the wrong direction. And he said a return to payroll austerity was needed because the Marlins lost tens of millions of dollars in 2012 after an unprecedented spending spree.

The Marlins hope to sign slugger Giancarlo Stanton to a multiyear contract eventually, Loria said. He said he understands why fans are upset but hopes they will embrace this year's young, unproven team, which many expect to lose 100 games after trading Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson and others in the offseason.

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